Published: August 26, 2018 2:10:56 am
A few hours after he said that the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 would be a fight between the BJP on the one hand and the entire opposition on the other, Congress President Rahul Gandhi set up three important panels for the polls.
The nine-member core committee announced by the party is dominated by the old guard, but does not include the UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi. Rahul also announced a 19-man manifesto committee and a publicity committee with 13 members – the latter has many young faces.
Sonia & # 39; s trusted assistant and newly appointed AICC treasurer Ahmed Patel, senior leaders AK Antony and P Chidambaram, AICC general secretaries Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal, alongside Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Surjewala, are members of the core committee. It is a big advantage for people like Surjewala and Venugopal, who were not involved in planning and strategies during the 2014 campaign.
On Friday evening, when he was addressing students at an event at the London School of Economics, Rahul said the 2019 & # 39; s quite simply & # 39; would be with the & # 39; BJP on one side and the whole opposition on the other side & # 39 ;. He said the opposition would go to people with a "common minimum structure".
"That is how the next elections will be, and the reason for this is that almost everyone in the opposition and also members of the BJP alliance feel the encroachment on Indian institutions, the systematic attack taking place at Indian institutions … So there is a feeling in the opposition that for the first time an organization challenges the conception of India and this has not happened in the last 70 years, "he said.
"So there is a move that we need to defend the Indian institutions, we have to defend the idea of one man one vote, we have to defend the inclusive idea of India, and you get a clear election where everyone will be on the sidelines and the RSS / BJP on the other side will be and once that math starts playing and you can view the UP and Bihar alliances as one of the central focus areas, it becomes very difficult for the BJP to win elections, "said he.
The 19-member Manifesto manifesto consists of Punjab Minister of Finance Manpreet Badal, Sushmita Dev, Rajeev Gowda, Bindu Krishnan, Raghuveer Meena, Balchandra Mungekar, Rahul's relatives Sachin Rao, Lalitesh Tripathi and Rajni Patil, alongside elders like Chidambaram, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Jairam Ramesh, Salman Khurshid, Shashi Tharoor and Kumari Selja. Former Meghalaya Prime Minister Mukul Sangma, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Meenakshi Natarajan and Sam Pitroda are also on the panel.
The publicity committee has Surjewala, former ministers Anand Sharma, Manish Tewari and Rajeev Shukla, besides Bhakta Charan Das, Praveen Chakravarty, Milind Deora, Kumar Ketkar, Pawan Khera, VD Satheesan, Jaiveer Shergill, social media head of the party Divya Spandana and former Rajya Sabha member Pramod Tiwari.
Rahul argued during his lecture to the LSE that the party can not ignore the seniors, because in some of them there is a lot of value. "… The present must be an amalgamation of the future and the past and that is why the Congress ran into problems in 2014, because we discovered that there was an internal struggle between the older generation and the younger generation and much of the work that we have done now is trying to bring them together. "
Rahul interestingly identified "arrogance" as a threat in Congress when he was asked to make a SWOT analysis of the Congress Party in the context of the 2019 elections.
On the premier question Rahul said that the Congress and the opposition parties were now focused on repelling the attack on the Indian constitution and institutions.
"So we have agreed that our first priority is to defeat the BJP and stop this deterioration of India's institutional space, stop the poison that is being spread, stop the division that is taking place. those conversations are being held, but we will not conduct those discussions until we have completed the first phase to take the BJP out of power, that's the nature of the conversation, "he said.
He said that while Congress is drawing up a manifest "examining many of the ideas" and discussing and meeting with stakeholders and others, "we are also talking to allies about what that framework would look like and if possible we would have a structure that we would the Indian people go with the common minimal structure. "
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